Becoming a beginner or experienced firearm handler could teach you the importance of a good scope. Having a good one can actually enhance your shoot and give you a better aim, resulting in more accurate shoots with less bullets used as possible. Having the correct one should be able to help you both in accuracy and financially.
It can be your side companion, especially if you pick the correct one that’s suitable with your firearm. Well, it’s always hard to pick the one between all the available products, unless you’ve narrowed down some choices. Now, we’re gonna give you the two popular options, the best optics from Vortex, the Spitfire and Strikefire.
Both are the red dots scopes. If you’re not familiar, Vortex is an American company, one of the famous ones, that focus on producing riflescopes, red dots, binoculars, rangefinders, spotting scopes, tripods, and monoculars. Looking at their profile is basically looking at yourself. Yes, the customers.
The company itself has a higher focus to combine the three strong words, People, Products, and Promises. From those, we can all see that the company truly cares about their products and market in general.
Vortex started out as a small retail store that was built in 1986 by the owners, Dan and Margie Hamilton. The idea of giving the best for the customers made their business successful, making it grow overtime.
Back to the important games, Spitfire and Strikefire. The products we’re looking into are the Strikefire II and Spitfire AR Prism Scope. Let’s see their differences, and decide which one from them is the better.
Vortex Strikefire II
The larger scope, that is the brother of Sparc AR and the original Strikefire. A bit different from the previous product, it gives a wider field of view, suitable for shooting with AR-15s or shotguns. The wide field of view is made possible with the 30mm tube design combined with a larger objective. Read also: Trijicon ACOG vs VCOG.
And about the compatibility, it’s fully functioning to be mounted on most common 30mm rings. The mount type is Lower ⅓ Cantilever, with the 1x magnification. Dot size is 4 MOA for more in focus. Most suitable for quick targeting. It’s completely eye relief due to the characteristics of this scope. So you can acquire targets rapidly. Plus, it’s Parallax Free.
The illumination level can be adjusted to 10 different settings, with the two night vision adjustments. It is powered up by a CR2 battery. Actually, inside the box, you may find the Cantilever ring mount, the CR2 battery, Torx Wrench, and the optic covers. The battery can last out about 80.000 hours using setting number 6.
|Vortex Spitfire||Vortex Strikefire|
|Product Dimensions||6.8 x 2.5 x 4 inches||17 x 10 x 9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||14.4 ounces||1.1 pounds|
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Dimension is really small, which is 1.45×5.6×1.18, and it’s really light. Putting the scope on your firearm wouldn’t put any burden on the weight. It’s only 7.2 oz, so light and easy to store and carry around everywhere.
If you want to somehow enhance the experience, you can always pick the available accessories starting from only 7 dollars. You can pick from the honeycomb-shaped Ard, Magnifier, Objective Flip Clap, and Ocular Flip Cap. The more expensive Sport 30mm ring can be bought for 75 dollars.
It’s overall a good affordable scope to have. A great choice for the firearm enthusiasts on budget.
Vortex Spitfire AR Prism
This scope however comes in a much smaller size. It’s small but has a higher price. Strikefire II costs 275 dollars, while this Spitfire is 350 dollars. With a bit of gap in the price, Spitfire AR Prism has some things to offer. Looking at the size, it’s only 4.3 inches. A very small attachment to any firearm. Even though the size is not big, the weight is somehow heavier. Probably due to the more durable materials used for the housing.
Field of view is smaller as well, with the 25mm objective lens diameter. The maximum FOV is about 100 yards. In the box, there’s the 556 BDC Turret Cap, other than Torx Wrench, AAA battery, and the flip caps. The cap makes it possible to configure the AR-15s FOV up to 700 yards.
Different from the Strikefire, it’s powered up by triple A batteries and can last for 250 hours on the highest settings, and 3000 hours on lowest settings. It’s way lower than the Strikefire probably due to the Prism scopes. Be advised that the Prism Scopes are not suitable for most magnifiers. For example, it doesn’t have any compatibility with VMX-3T Magnifier.
But, all are traded with better optics that are able to show the unique reticle that can be seen clearly with or without illumination source. The reticle itself is designed with Dual Ring Tactical type that etched directly to the Prism. It’s useful for rapid shooting, and offers a more consistent aim along with the selectable dot colors that can be adjusted based on the environment condition.
It brings other features present in the Strikefire. Fully Multi-coated which can be useful to increase the light transmission, the richer 12 brightness settings useful to suit all kinds of lightning conditions, Parallax Free, and the Prism-based design. It doesn’t have unlimited Eye Relief, but 3.8 inches is just enough.
Vortex Spitfire vs Strikefire
Choosing which one of them is pretty challenging, since each of them is suitable for each particular person’s characteristics and health history. People with astigmatism may find it hard to scope with Strikefire, unless they do a bit of adjustment with it. The limited eye relief in the Spitfire might not be favorable for some.
But, looking at the price and things offered, we put the crown on the Spitfire AR Prism. The 350 dollars are pretty affordable for such a good scope. More adjustment, better controls, and the ability of Prism Scopes are always enjoyable. With such a small and compact size, Spitfire AR Prism will always be a dependable companion for hunting or shooting.
Still, the Strikefire scope is also good with the more affordable price. Combine it with an appropriate magnifier, and adjust the brightness to reach the comfortable level for your eyes. Wide FOV plus unlimited Eye Relief range. Imagine that.